5 Facts About Electrical And Electronic Waste

Electrical and electronic waste can be dangerous and that's why it is very important that your business uses a professional WEEE disposal service in order to dispose of electrical and electronic waste.

5 Facts About Electrical And ElectronicWaste!


Did you know that in 2014 approximately 41.8 million tonnes (metric tons) of electronic waste was shipped to developing countries? That's about 150 times as heavy as The Empire State Building!

Additionally, it's estimated that 20 to 50 million tonnes (metric tons) of e-waste are disposed of worldwide every year. To put that into perspective, that's between 60 and 150 times as heavy as The Empire State Building!

2. Gold!

Gold and other precious metals can be found within electrical and electronic waste. You can find small amounts of gold in computers, so this means that laptops, Smartphones and other computer products could potentially contain some gold!

3. Ring-Ring...Ring-Ring...

There are approximately 80 million unused mobile phones in the United Kingdom. The average home in the UK has around 3 unused mobile phones!

Additionally, in the United Kingdom, approximately 15 million mobile phones are upgraded every year. This means that if you placed them on the ground, end-to-end, they would reach from John O'Groats to Lands End; that's 1,407km!

4. Danger! Danger!

Some types of electrical and electronic waste can be dangerous. Some electrical and electronic products can contain harmful materials such as arsenic, cadmium and lead.

There are numerous symptoms of lead poisoning, some of them are abdominal pain, nausea or muscle pain. However, lead can be very dangerous, it affects all of the body's organs; including the nervous system! It can cause kidney damage, cause damage to the cardiovascular system and the reproductive system!

Electrical and electronic waste can be dangerous, so make sure that your business uses a WEEE disposal from a reputable waste management professional in order to dispose of your electrical and electronic waste.

5. Recycling!

Some parts of a computer can be recycled! Materials can be extracted and recycled into something new. For example, metals could be used to make jewellery or electrical parts and plastics could potentially be used to create a wide variety of plastic items.

Professional WEEE Disposal Services

Lots of items fall into the category of waste electrical and electronic. The rule of thumb is, if it has a plug or a battery, it’s probably considered WEEE waste.

There are numerous reasons why a business may need a WEEE disposal service. For example, you could be upgrading your computer systems and you might need a way to responsibly dispose of all of your old computers, monitors, keyboards and computer mice. After making sure that any sensitive information is removed from your computer (remember, data can stay on a computer even after being ‘deleted’), a WEEE disposal service can provide a responsible waste disposal service that complies with The WEEE regulations.

What About Other Types Of Waste?

Whilst many businesses and individuals produce electrical and electronic waste, they also produce many different types of waste.

For example, did you know that the amount of rubbish generated in the United Kingdom is so large; it could fill London’s Albert Hall in two hours.

If you need to dispose of different types of waste, give BKP Waste & Recycling Ltd a call. We have over 50 years of industry experience and innovative expertise. Our skills, knowledge, strategies and the latest technologies enable us to provide you with a professional waste solution that is specifically tailored to meet the unique waste disposal needs of your business.

Additionally, we have an on-site fully licensed hazardous-electrical-dry waste transfer and treatment station. This means we can provide you with a more cost effective disposal route for your waste!

If you are a single person who has a single one-off request, or if you’re an industrial facility with frequent large volumes of waste, please contact our team. Our friendly and dedicated team will be happy so help, so give us a call on 0800 376 5004.

Professional Waste Solutions From BKP Waste & Recycling Ltd

Over our many years of experience we have gained numerous accreditations. We have gained two accreditations from the ISO and an accreditation from the BSI.

Our accreditations from the International Organisation for Standardisation are:

  • An ISO 9001:2008 in Quality.
  • An ISO 14001:2004 Environmental.

Our accreditation from the British Standards Institution is:

  • A BS OHSAS 18001:2007 in Health and Safety.

If you would like to learn more about our accreditations, you can do so by clicking on “BKP Information” at the top of this page. This link will take you to our policies, insurance and professional certification page. This page has lots of useful information with regards to our accreditations, policies and also has information about our waste carrier certificate.

Interested? Contact Our Friendly And Dedicated Team Today!

If you are interested in our WEEE disposal service or any of our professional waste services, please do not hesitate to contact our team. Our friendly and dedicated team will be able to provide you with additional information about our services, such as our electrical waste disposal service; providing you with a responsible waste solution for electronic equipment disposal.

Our team can also provide you with information regarding the other professional waste disposal and waste management services, such as hazardous waste disposal and a variety of household waste services.

Contact Our Team!

If you would like to contact our team, you do so in a number of different ways.

You can reach our team by:

  • Calling us on 0800 376 5004.

Our office opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.

  • Sending an email to sales@bkpgroup.com.
  • Filling out our contact form.
  • Following us on Twitter @GroupBkp.
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